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Ava Ann Zinn

Ava Ann Zinn, American reading educator. Certified reading specialist. Named Citizen Ambassador People to People, Russia, Hungary, 1992.


  • Zinn, Ava Ann was born on March 11, 1951 in San Saba. Daughter of John D. and Ruth Elizabeth (Rand) Jones.

  • Education

    • Associate of Arts, South Plains College, Levelland, Texas, 1971. Bachelor of Science in Education, Texas Technology University, Lubbock, 1973. Master of Science, University Houston, Clear Lake, Texas, 1988.


    • Language arts teacher Pasadena (Texas) Indiana School District, 1973-1979, 82-89. Speech instructor Alvin (Texas) Community College, 1980. Drama instructor Pasadena Studio Fine Arts, 1981.

      Development reading instructor San Jacinto Community College, Pasadena, since 1989. Textbook consultant District of Columbia Health, St. Martins, New York City, 1990-1993.

    Major achievements

    • Certified reading specialist.


    • Strategies for Interactive Reading
    • This practical approach to building reading skills through strategies is designed for college students, adults in literacy programs, and ESL learners.
    • Author: Strategies for Interactive Reading, 1995.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Volunteer Meals on Wheels, Houston, 1986, 91, The Bridge, Pasadena, 1993-1994, Habitat for Humanity, Pasadena, 1994. Elder First Presbyterian Church, Pasadena, 1991-1994. Member International Reading Association, American Association Women in Community and Junior Colleges (treasurer 1990-1992), Texas Junior College Teachers Association, Texas Reading Association, Texas Association Development Educators, American Association of University Women, Phi Theta Kappa.



    Dance, reading, theater.


    • Married Raymond Lee Sonnenburg Junior, June 22, 1972 (divorced December 1986). Children: Jeremy, Devin. Married Kenneth R. Zinn, January 9, 1988.

      Stepchildren: Joe, John.
    • father: John D. Jones
    • mother: Ruth Elizabeth (Rand) Jones
    • spouses: Raymond Lee Sonnenburg Junior
    • Kenneth R. Zinn
    • children: Jeremy Zinn
    • Devin Zinn
    • Joe Zinn
    • John Zinn
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    Born March 11, 1951
    (age 66)
    • 1971
      South Plains College
    • 1973
      Texas Technology University
    • 1988
      University Houston
    • 1973 - 1979
      Language arts teacher, Pasadena (Texas) Indiana School District
    • 1980
      speech instructor, Alvin (Texas) Community College
    • 1981
      drama instructor, Pasadena Studio Fine Arts
    • 1989
      development reading instructor, San Jacinto Community College
      Pasadena, California, United States